It’s Freakin’ Time

August 11, 2009


Came across some tasty must-have mixes by Chicago’s ├╝ber-talented disco master DJ Rahaan. Grab ‘m while you can, lucky bitches.

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Rahaan – ‘Dancin If You Feel Like’
Rahaan – ‘Dance Circus’


Jazz In Outer Space

April 27, 2009

This band called BSTC just blew my mind, with their marvelous new disco played live. A quick video snack to keep you peckish for that next post.

OTAM Mix 10: San Proper – ‘To Heal Live @ Radio 100’

January 29, 2009


San Propers‘ influence has spread far and wide during recent years, but this longtime collaborator and friend has been on the forefront of my attention for more then a decade. Standing shoulder to shoulder with DJ’s such as Theo Parrish, Moodymann and Rahaan, San has proved to be Amsterdam’s most popular advocate of vintage funk, thrusting disco and straightup structuring house beats.
This mix was recorded 8 years ago during my weekly radio show called ‘Earsmear’ on DFM, and displays just the right blend of forbidding atmosphere, subtle funkiness, samples and noise. Repeated play recommended.

No tracklisting for this one.

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OTAM Mix 10: San Proper – ‘To Heal Live @ Radio 100’

Disco Not Disco

January 19, 2009


Outspoken veteran dance-music producer and a theremin enthusiast, Daniel Wang was born in Tibet and spent bits of his childhood in Taiwan and California. In the late ’80s he moved to New York to attend college and fell in with the club scene, eventually becoming involved as a house and disco DJ. He started Balihu which became his primary outlet, and eventually abandoned the use of samples altogether in an effort to emulate the producers who have inspired him. This 1997 track was released on the ‘Mood Mylar‘ 12″, which favors a strong craze for eccentric repetition, fun and diversity. Exuberant neo-electro.

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Daniel Wang – ‘Disco Delay’

Guest Interview/OTAM Mix 08: Thomas Martojo – ‘Raw Vibes’

November 27, 2008


The only suggestion I gave, was to make this guest mix as eclectic as he’d want it to be, not expecting to be catered to the exact Theoresque melange I have a huuuge craving for: difficult-to-identify funk and disco cuts interspersed with underground classics and modern house. Drenched deep in that Motor City flava, my man Thomas Martojo, founder of the infamous Amsterdam based Dekmantel collective, ties each track together just the way a great DJ should. It’s the next best thing to seeing him spin. Contagious & sophisticated stuff.

Where, when & how was the mix recorded?

I’ve recorded the mix yesterday eve – 25th of november – at home in Amsterdam, using vinyl and two turntables. I simply decided which record to play as first and took it from there, had no clue what I’d end up with. The result is mix of deep yet soulfull disco and house with bits of African music and techno. Fairly rough and raw in places [hence the name], but that’s what I generally like best, it shows character…this is also a good example of how I’d prefer to play myself [though you rarely get the crowd in clubs who’s open to this type of music/diversity].

Can you tell us something about what got you started in the music biz & who are your greatest influences?

Well I got into music through clubbing actually. I first visited smaller techno parties when I was in my mid-teens. I eventually met Dimi Angelis and Steve Rachmad, got to know them quite well and I accompanied them on many of their gigs back than. Through [Detroit] techno I caught up with the music of Moodymann and Theo Parrish, and through a shared love for this Detroit based house I caught up with guys such as Antal [from Rush Hour] and San Proper, who showed me the way to all sorts of music outside the box. Right now I’m into all sorts of music, and I am heavily into what a certain group of underground djs from Chicago [such as Rahaan and Sadar Bahar] play.

How is the amsterdam party scene treating you?

Great! Can’t complain. I’ve had many great gigs this year and we’ve done many great parties with Dekmantel. I moved to Amsterdam only a year ago but I wish I had sooner!

What are you up to next?

Continue rocking with Dekmantel! We’ve got lots of special parties planned, and were about to head into our first office and launch the bookings agency and record-label, which marks a new chapter. All in all very exciting times. Hopefully all will end up as planned, or better…


01. The Rebirth – ‘The Journey’
02. Venom vs Marco Di Marco – ‘Bossa Of The Future [Black Mamba Remix]’
03. Andres – ‘Salvador de Bahia’
04. Theo Parrish – ‘First Floor Part 1 LP’
05. Bumblebee United – ‘I Got A Big Bee’
06. Ian Dury & The Blockheads – ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythmstick’
07. Oscar Sulley – ‘Offume [Natural Self Remix]’
08. Jackson 5 – ‘Hum Along And Dance’
09. Mr Fingers – ‘Slam Dance’
10. Theo Parrish – ‘Ugly Edit 8’
11. Wild Honey – ‘I’ve Been Working’
12. Marijata – ‘Mother Africa’
13. Universal Robot Band – ‘Doing Anything Tonight’
14. Peven Everett – ‘I Can’t Believe I Loved Here’
15. Nebraska – ‘White Label’
16. D5 – ‘Formation One’
17. Deepchord – ‘Electromagnetic Dowsing [Mike Huckaby]’
18. Erro – ‘Don’t Change’

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OTAM Mix 08: Thomas Martojo – ‘Raw Vibes’

The Weird And Wonderful World Of

November 26, 2008


Just finished watching ‘Wild Combination: A Portrait Of Arthur Russel‘, which compelled me to post something on this genius musician slash poet, and urge you all strongly to go see this essential documentary.
The tune here, released through one of his aliases Dinosaur L and taken from the 1981 album ‘24-24 Music‘ has such a spacy groove that it’s simply impossible to ignore if you are a fan of either Russell, strange space funk, sci-fi disco, shambolic jazz, and a good time.

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Dinosaur L – ‘Go Bang’

OTAM Mix 05: Frodo – ‘Mahogany Cult’

October 13, 2008


In succession of my previous post I thought I’d treat you to a mix done within a similar frame of mind: a mid-tempo, abstract Detroit house, jazz-funk, distorted disco set – my take on Motor City’s late-night opium.


‘In The Field’ – Hu Vibrational
‘Kingpult’ – Krause Duo
‘On A Day Like Today’ – The Mole
‘Sauterelles [D-class Redub]’ – D-classics
‘Reflect’ – Move D
‘You’re My Heart’ – Manmade Science
‘System Sauce’ – 3 Chairs
‘Good Kiss’ – Rick Wilhite
‘Spirits’ – Gary’s Gang
‘You Got The Stuff [Special Disco Version]’ – Bill Withers
‘Ask The Boss [Sad Ghost Tape]’ – Flowchart
‘Transit’ – Kenny Dixon Jr
‘I Love You More’ – Rene & Angela
‘Twilight [Jitterbugs Lost Edit]’ – Maze
‘It’s So Different Here’ – Rachel Sweet

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OTAM Mix 05: Frodo – ‘Mahogany Cult’